Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - U.S. Department of Energy gives green light to LNG export terminal

The U.S. Department of Energy announced this week it will allow firms to export liquefied natural gas to international markets from the proposed Jordan Cove terminal on the southern coast of Oregon.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

OR - Columbia River tribes gain new clout with major acquisition

The freshwater plume that discharges from the Columbia River into the Pacific Ocean around Astoria, Oregon, is an ever-changing phenomenon.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - Federal approval of Jordan Cove not a "greenlight" forward

The LNG project still needs state permits before establishing in Coos Bay

Pacific Northwest
Science

WA - Tracking sockeye: Research on fish could lead to new projects in Yakima River basin

Sockeye fishing took on a larger purpose for a handful of volunteers at the mouth of the Yakima River early on June 26.

Pacific Northwest
Property

OR - Whats the real flood danger in Oregon? New data shows the risk to your home

As global climate change begins to make a home in the United States in the form of rising seas, punishing storms, and more intense rainfall, the federal government underestimates the flood risk for 170,102 households and properties in Oregon, a wide-ranging scientific analysis released Monday found.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

OR - Oregon Receives $215 Grand for Beach Water Testing

Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, Oregon’s United States Senators, announced that they had acquired $215,000 from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency for Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to test levels of bacteria in water at Oregon beaches.

Pacific Northwest
Local

OR - OSU-Cascades professor preps students for climate change impacts

Elizabeth Marino gets students ready to deal with flooded coastlines and other impacts of a changing climate.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

Canada - B.C. First Nations leaders want immediate end to open-net salmon farms

A First Nations leadership alliance is calling for the immediate end to salmon farming using open-net pens in B.C. waters, citing the threat of sea lice to wild fish stocks.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR- Guest commentary: It's time to learn about floating wind

Recently the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a webinar regarding Oregon Offshore Wind (OSW). The focus was to discuss approaches for public and stakeholder engagement for potential future development off of our coast.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - Washington shellfish growers reeling after judge throws out general permit (with ASPN Podcast)

A federal judge has thrown out a general permit for the shellfish industry in Washington that has reduced the regulatory burden on them for decades. Now, growers will have to apply individually to continue existing operations. And an industry group is planning to appeal.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

WA - Newest Salish Sea Stewards at the ready — and waiting

The popular volunteer training program that prepares participants for summer beach, boat and education work was held remotely this year due to the pandemic.

Pacific Northwest
Local

OR - ODOT adds climate change office to transportation mix

Oregon did not pass cap and trade legislation amid the political wrangling of the 2019 session, but an executive order by Governor Kate Brown on climate change has injected a new facet into the work of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

OR - Land conservancy awarded $2.1M to help create Rainforest Reserve

An area of the northern Oregon Coast characterized by scientists the “Galapagos Islands of Oregon” moved a big step closer to permanent conservation Thursday, June 11, with announcement of a $2,128,079 grant awarded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) to North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC). With this grant, the nonprofit land trust has raised a total of $8.1 million and is now launching a campaign to raise the final $1.9 million needed to complete this landmark project with help from the community.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

OR - Some state parks, campgrounds on the Oregon coast will stay closed through summer

Though state parks and campgrounds on the Oregon coast have started to reopen this spring more than two months after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, some will remain closed through summer.

International
Advocacy

Canada - 'Our culture is powerful and strong,' Indigenous song-and-dance group Coastal Wolf Pack says

June is National Indigenous History Month. It is a time for all Canadians — Indigenous, non-Indigenous and newcomers — to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. Throughout the month of June, CityNews will profile Indigenous people, and share their stories and voices, so that we can celebrate the difference they have made in their communities and to our country.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

WA - Prevent marine debris this summer

With summer here it is more important than ever for boaters to understand the vital role they play as ambassadors keeping Washington’s waterways safe and clean. Two major hazards boaters produce are oil and trash, but few boaters know what to do when they have a small oil spill on their boat or when they encounter marine debris.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

Canada - Governments pump money into B.C. tourism organizations

Feds provide $1.5 million in new money while Destination BC provides $400,000.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

OR - North Oregon Coast reopens 13 state parks, beach access points, on Friday

One of Oregon’s most popular areas for outdoor recreation and tourism is reopening on a wider scale Friday.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

PNW - Tourist Lodgings Reopening Along Oregon And Washington Shores

Fresh salt air and a good night’s sleep to the sound of lapping waves might be just what the doctor ordered for Pacific Northwesterners left frazzled by current events. A getaway to the seashore is back in the realm of possibility as many coastal Oregon and Washington towns relax closure orders on tourist lodgings and vacation rentals.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

OR - Tourist towns balance fear, survival in make-or-break summer

As the coronavirus raced across America, this quaint seaside town did what would normally be unthinkable for a tourist destination.

Pacific Northwest
Science

WA - Most common ocean organisms host virus in DNA

The most common group of organisms in the ocean and perhaps on the entire planet thrives despite of, or perhaps because of, the ability to host viruses in their DNA, report researchers.

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